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Monthly Archives: March 2014

I Miss the Mammoths

Crown view of a woolly mammoth molar from Bird, northern Manitoba (specimen V-1739; illustration by Debbie Thompson) Recently, there seem to have been a lot of stories in the media about the remarkable intelligence of elephants. Scarcely a week goes by without a new science story about how elephants are among the few non-human creatures that are self-aware, about their superb communication skills, about the ways in which they care for…

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Lake Winnipeg Exhibit Nears Opening

It’s nearly here, the culmination of five years of thought, research, design work, programming, and development. Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions opens on World Water Day, Saturday, March 22, 2014. It’s been a long process, and I still have to pinch myself to realize that we actually built this thing. It’s amazing to work on a project that is mostly spreadsheets and line drawings for so long, and then in a few short…

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Diorama Details

Closeup of winter travelling scene, Aschkibokahn Diorama Hello, everyone! Kristina’s blog post for this week is going to be a bit different than some of her other posts: Over Reading Week I went to a conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so I didn’t start any new research. Most of my work since my last blog post has been focused on continuing to figure out what is going to be involved…

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Chris Kelekis and His Family Restaurant

The C. Kelekis Restaurant, a Winnipeg icon renowned as one of the finest diners on the prairies, closed in 2013 after 81 years of service. Located on Main St., it was an eatery that provided more than just good fries: there was always a chance you would meet a friend.  The founder of the restaurant was Chris Kelekis (1886-1957). He immigrated from Triglia, a Greek settlement in Turkey, in 1913…

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Where the Dead Things Are

Recently, Melissa Pearn, our Cataloguer of Natural History collections went on maternity leave. She wrote this blog entry before she left. As a Natural History cataloguer, I have the opportunity to work with some very interesting specimens. I love that my job involves all three areas of natural history – botany, zoology (mostly entomology), and palaeontology/geology. Having studied pollination and reproduction of Lady’s Slipper orchids for my Master’s thesis, I…

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